The Octopus Foundation is a Swiss non-profit organization that aims to improve the knowledge of the marine world by supporting scientific exploration of the oceans and to make this information available to the public.


The Octopus Foundation’s is trying to improve the knowledge of the oceans in the fields of marine biology and underwater archeology. Its ambition: to extend the gigantic library of knowledge of the marine and underwater worlds, both in terms of marine life and cultural heritage.


Once selected by the Foundation’s board, a scientific project benefits from an array of supports, which can be financial, technical, logistical or media coverage. For each project, we work very closely with scientific institutions that bring in their expertise and past experiences.

Financial resources?

The financial resources of the Octopus Foundation come entirely from its founder (Julien Pfyffer) and also from private donators who believe that marine discoveries are treasures that need to be documented in order to be preserved. Every donator is an explorer of the Octopus Foundation.


The Octopus Foundation complements the ocean exploration with a crucial element : public knowledge. For each project, the Octopus Foundation asks a team of marine specialists to make the appropriate media (book, video documentary, exhibition, etc.) that will better inform the public.

Did you know?

map71% of the planet is covered by our seas and oceans

poissons94% of life is aquatic

thermoThe average temperature of the oceanic surface is 17°C

laurierThe known deepest point of the world’s oceans is about 10’920m

montagneThe longest mountain range on our planet is underwater. Its length is 56’300 km

volcan90% of the volcanic activity on our planet takes place in the oceans

bateauThere are more than 3 millions wrecks in the oceans

vaseThere are more historical artefacts in the oceans than in all museums of the world

5pourcentLess than 5% of the oceans have been explored yet

Source : National Geographic



Julien Pfyffer is a 34-year-old journalist, sailor and professional diver with over a decade of experience in these fields. Various commissions by Time Magazine, Paris Match and Le Figaro Magazine have made him aware of the impact the media has on the public. Numerous sailing and diving expeditions, which he initiated and managed, have highlighted how little information on the marine environment there is in the public domain. Through the Octopus Foundation, he has decided to dedicate his time and resources to improving universal understanding and knowledge of the marine world.

Projects – 4 stages to support science


A small team of the Foundation performs initial investigation, making contacts and gathering documentation to define the framework of the project to be supported and its interest from both a scientific and a media point of view. Out of the documentation process a dossier is presented to the Foundation’s board.


Once a project is selected by the Foundation’s board, the budgets are approved. The Foundation’s operational team then carries out a full documentation of the study case (photos, sketches, drawings, maps, underwater 3D imaging, aerial imagery, etc.) that should facilitate the scientific study to come.


The project in its scientific phase (under the direction of a scientific research organization), a small team from the Foundation supports the scientists with logistics and media (photos, texts, videos, etc.) for a broad diffusion of the discoveries.


The Foundation eventually studies the best broadcasting channels to inform the public. It may be press articles, video documentaries, exhibitions or conferences. The Octopus Foundation’s ultimate goal is for the information to reach its audience.